11/8/2009

Apple said to be working on ‘world-mode’ iPhone

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The new Verizon Droid, like many a high-profile smartphone just coming onto the market, has been hailed by some as a potential–you know what’s coming–iPhone killer.

But does Verizon Wireless want to deliver a knockout to the iPhone? There’s long been speculation that the carrier would sooner or later be offering the Apple smartphone, which since its launch has been solely in the hands of AT&T in the United States. (In some other countries, Apple has deals with multiple carriers.)

The latest posting to suggest an imminent rapprochement between Verizon and the iPhone comes from the AppleInsider blog, which on Friday said that it’s gotten wind of Apple having contracted to build a Verizon iPhone that would debut in the third quarter of 2010.

More broadly, according to AppleInsider, the new “hybrid iPhone” will work on both the GSM/UMTS and the CDMA systems, meaning that Apple will be able “to sell a single global handset to all carriers, and specifically to Verizon Wireless in the US.” In the U.S., carriers AT&T and T-Mobile are in the GSM/UMTS camp, while Verizon Wireless and Sprint Nextel are in the CDMA camp.

Google introduces new privacy control

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google is offering a new privacy control that will make it easier for people to see some of the information being collected about them.

The “Dashboard” feature unveiled Thursday pulls together all the data that pour into Google’s computers whenever Web surfers log in to one of the company’ services.

That includes summaries of an individual’s e-mail, search requests and viewing habits on Google’s video site, YouTube. Before, a user would have to check multiple places for all that.

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